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Midland Mayor Jerry Morales Named President of Texas Restaurant Association

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales is named the President of the Texas Restaurant Association.
Texas Restaurant Association Release:

Austin, Texas – The new slate of Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) leaders took office for 2014-2015 at the annual meeting held during the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, June 22 - 23 in Houston, Texas.

TRA’s 2014-2015 President Jerry Morales has been a member of the Texas Restaurant Association since 1997 and has served as president of the Permian Basin chapter and on the TRA board of directors. He and his family own and manage Gerardo’s Casita Grill & Cantina, a Midland favorite that has been serving the Morales’ family recipes for 30 years.

Morales was elected Mayor of Midland and took office in January, 2014. He is extremely involved in his community, serving in leadership positions with many organizations.

“As president, I look forward to working with the board and our members to build and grow an even stronger membership to propel the association into the future,” Morales stated. “With the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, healthcare, workforce, and challenging operational issues confronting Texas restaurateurs, the TRA has a very important role to play in the future of this industry.”

Serving as officers with Morales are President-Elect Jerry Walker, Lunada Tex-Mex Grill /Subway franchisee, Dallas; Vice-President Tap Bentz, Outback Steakhouse, College Station and Secretary-Treasurer Mark Davis Bailey, The Original Pancake House, Dallas.

The restaurant industry is a valuable part of our state and region’s economic growth and job creation. The $42.6 billion Texas restaurant industry employs more than one million people.

“These restaurateurs represent over 100 years of experience in the restaurant industry. We are truly fortunate that such high caliber people choose to be involved with the Texas Restaurant Association, to give generously of their time and expertise,” said Richie Jackson, TRA CEO. “They bring great energy and creativity to the organization and their experience and insights will be invaluable to the association as we work to provide resources for our members to help them achieve success.”

Texas Restaurant Association:
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the hospitality and foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $42.6 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of 40,000 plus locations and a workforce of over one million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry.www.restaurantville.com.

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